ADA Approved and Other Accessible Product Myths for your Park

Choosing Products to Improve Access at Your Parks & Facilities


National Center on Accessibility
National Center on Accessibility, Indiana University-Bloomington

Choosing products for use in a park or recreation facility can sometimes be challenging and overwhelming with the overload of information from manufacturers and accessibility guidelines to consider.   This monograph introduces the major considerations for purchasing products to improve access for people with disabilities in recreation environments including:

  • Assessing the needs of your facility;
  • Identifying specifications;
  • Comparison shopping;
  • Getting feedback from other customers; and
  • Leveraging your purchasing power.

Before selecting a specific product, facility managers, program coordinators, maintenance staff, essentially all site personnel, should have a thorough understanding of the two types of access: physical access to the environment and program access benefitting the individual.

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National Center on Accessibility (August 2010). Choosing Products to Improve Access at Your Parks and Facilities.. Bloomington, IN: National Center on Accessibility, Indiana University-Bloomington.  Retrieved

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